Though this post is by it’s very nature heavily self-indulgent, I am going to try to spin it as more altruistic than it is.
Altruism #1: Katya’s Mormon Arts Wikia is exploding. BYU’s Mormon Literature & Creative Arts database is still an excellent resource and in many respects superior, but, for instance, Katya’s wiki offers scads more plays. And I don’t know how the discussion has been going, but I’ve been able to make additions and improvements to Mormon Arts Wikia without cutting my hair first. And it’s not Wikipedia–not only can you work on your own article, you are encouraged to. And once you fix it up, it’s fixed up. (Can you tell I’m a wikivangelist?) So go do some work on this handy resource that I used in writing up this post.
Altruism #2: I’m using this post to point you in the direction of some Mormon writers you might not know or have never read. There’s some dead people here. There some just-barely-not-teenagers-anymore on here.
Altruism #3: If this post inspires you to buy The Fob Bible, the proceeds go to LDS Humanitarian Services and help make me a famous commodity, righteous endeavors both.
Looping the Loop, with Theric
My “How Long Till Two Times” deals with the confusion of Adam and Eve after leaving the Garden, much like
Davey Morrison‘s “Adam and Eve,” but both these works agree with
“Genesis” by Danny Nelson that mortality was totally worth whatever bad results accompanied. That’s a particularly Mormon idea stated most clearly by Eve in
The Book of Moses that we have through Joseph Smith. He was good friends with
Parley P. Pratt whose autobiography (at least the first half) is one of the great Mormon books.
Doug Thayer recently got into the autobiography game too with his Hooligan, for which he got a serious ribbing from
Patrick Madden in the essay “The Infinite Suggestiveness of Common Things.” That essay spends some time talking about dictionaries, something
Orson Scott Card once wrote one of. Saintspeak, it’s called. Not to be confused with
Sisters and Little Saints: One Hundred Years of Primary, though I’m sure one could make a sexist joke if one were so inclined. You know what kind of people I’m talking about. Anyway, one of that book’s authors shares a name with
David O. McKay, whose smokin’ hot correspondence with his wife was published as Heart Petals, which is about as cheesy a title as
The Heart Has Forever by Kerry Lynn Blair, who helped found the Whitney Awards. At the last Whitney’s, the winner for best novel was
Sandra Grey‘s Traitor, which is about a European citizen resisting the Nazis. Only hers is set in France and
Michael O. Tunnell‘s Brothers in Valor was set in Germany.
Dean Hughes‘s Children of the Promise series also featured heroic WWII-era German Mormons, but probably most European Mormons in Mormon lit are emigrating converts, such as in
Nephi Anderson‘s classic Added Upon, which also played in big ways with the preexistence much like
Rachel Nunes‘s In Your Place which was her first-written (but not first-published) novel. Another first-written-but-not-published-novel-writing novelist is
Betsy Brannon Green, making Hearts in Hiding her first published work.
Matthew Greene (no relation) had a play, “Variations on a Breakup“, premiere last year. And speaking of breakups,
The Nephiad is Michael Collings‘s epic poem on the breakup of Laban’s head from his body. Epics. That reminds me of
Brandon Sanderson‘s Mistborn Trilogy, which is an old-timey sort of thing I suppose, like
Shannon Hale‘s Princess Academy only totally different. And now, because we’re Mormons and thus we love hints of a vaguely chiastic structure, let’s make the obvious connection from her fairy tale back to one by
Danny Nelson–let’s say “The Giantess and the Shiverbird,” and from there to
Davey Morrison’s cleverly named “A Fairy Tale” and from there back to
me. Because I’ve also written things that end in death. for instance, “The Oracle.”
Now. My challenge for you. In the comments, break my loop open and work in yourself or someone you love. Or someone you think is totally overrated. That’s okay too.